National Dance Company of Siberia Coming to MPAC, 10/23

Stretching from the Arctic to the border of China, Siberia is a world of cultures-and the National Dance Company of Siberia brings influences from many of them to the stage-from leaping, twirling Cossack soldiers to brightly clad peasant dancers. National Dance Company of Siberia performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 8 pm. Tickets are $29-59.

National Dance Company of Siberia was founded in 1960, and has been a success from the very outset its original manner of performing Siberian dances. Audiences are captivated by the vivid character portrayals, the musical movements, and the colorful patterns of the choreographic design. The dances following one after another in a kaleidoscope manner are perceived as a single choreographic symphony, as a continuous stream of folk dance elements, now show and thoughtfully smooth, now shift and sparkling.

One of the most important elements in the scenic dance is the costumes. It helps to bring home to the spectators the idea of the choreographer, making the image of each personage more expressive, contributing to a finer perception of each dance.

Since its foundation, the Company has appeared in all parts of the Russian Federation, as well as in more than 60 countries of the world. During the Company's tour of Latin America, the newspapers highly acclaimed its performances. In its review, entitled "The Siberian Ballet Conquers America", a Mexican newspaper wrote: "It is hard to write about the ballet of Siberia. There is such a variety of movements and color. But it must be said that the impression made by the Company can be summed up, without fear or mistake, in a single word - "a fairy tale".

Vladimir Moiseev, Artistic Director, was born in 1963 in Moscow, Vladimir Moiseev is a member of one of the most distinguished choreographic families in Russia. In 1981, he graduated from the Moscow State Academy of choreography and joined the company of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. In 1991, he was promoted to the leading character solo dancer at the Bolshoi Theatre. From 1988 to 1992, he studied at the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts, from which he graduated as a producer-choreographer. In 1996, he was awarded the title of the "Honored Artist of Russia". A few years ago, Vladimir Moiseev, the grandson of the famous Igor Moiseev, became the most recent Artistic Director of the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia. When interviewed, Vladimir Moiseev has always spoken about the importance of keeping the Company's old folk dance traditions alive, as well as developing the new dancers and the repertoire.

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2015-2016 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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